Due to the increase in number of COVID-19 cases in Nigeria, a possible lockdown is eminent.
This hint was given by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 and according to the task force, should it become necessary, the country will go into another lockdown.
This was made known by the National Incident Manager of the PTF, Dr Mukhtar Muhammad during a recent chat with The Nation in Abuja where he said;
“Lockdowns help to minimise people’s movements and it’s very effective because if you don’t go out or if you reduce the degree of your movement, you’ll also reduce the risk of getting infection.
Lockdown is not completely out of the table, we are monitoring the numbers, we are monitoring the statistics across the country and where necessary we’ll have to take severe measures.
For now, the PTF is very much aware of the hardship that lockdown brings along, particularly for low-income earners, for small businesses, for people who have to go out daily to get their daily bread, so we are doing everything possible not to have a total lockdown in the country, but for us not to reach that stage, we have to ensure that people take responsibility.”